As an Authorised Marriage Celebrant. I am committed to creating unique, personalised, memorable ceremonies, filled with love and humour, valuing your beliefs and desires.
I am dedicated to providing excellent customer service and believe that it is a privilege to be given the honour to commemorate life’s most precious moments.
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What do I do as your Celebrant for your Wedding Day?
On the day, the ceremony generally goes for 15-30 minutes, but there is a lot more to creating a loving and memorable ceremony.
Each ceremony I create can take between 15 -20 hours to prepare for your Wedding day. This starts from the first meeting, customizing the ceremony, doing the legal paperwork, creating playlists for your ceremony music if required, personalized vow cards,creating a beautifully bound keepsake/guest book a full rehearsal, including choreography, conducting your Ceremony and lodging the legal paperwork after the ceremony.
I offer unlimited contact with me and I am always available for support and advice.
I also can provide you with recommendations for Perth's top vendors to suit your budget.
Also, I arrive 45 minutes - 1 hour prior to the ceremony to ensure that everything is prepared at the venue and the ceremony runs smoothly.
I ensure that your guests are welcomed and positioned as per your requests.
Your Wedding day is one of your life's most precious moments and I am the person dedicated to making sure that the most important part of your wedding day is all that you want and dream of and more.
What are the requirements for getting married in Australia?
To be legally married in Australia, you must:
not be married to someone else
not be marrying a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister
be at least 18 years old, unless a court has approved a marriage where one party is aged between 16 and 18 years old
understand what marriage means and freely consent to becoming legally married.
use specific words during the ceremony
give written notice of your intention to marry to your Authorised Marriage Celebrant, within the required time frame
What paperwork do we need to complete?
A completed Notice of Intended Marriage form must be given to your Celebrant at least one month before the wedding. You can give it to your Celebrant up to 18 months beforehand.
Your Celebrant can help you complete the form. The notice may be completed and witnessed outside Australia if required.
Talk to your Celebrant if there is less than one month before your wedding. A prescribed authority may approve a shorter notice time in some limited circumstances.
You will need to give your Celebrant evidence of date and place of birth, identity and the end of any previous marriages for each party.
If you intend to marry overseas, please note that marriage Celebrants authorised in Australia can only perform legal marriages within Australia.
What if I live too far away for the Celebrant to sign my NOIM?
The notice must be signed by each of the parties in the presence of, and witnessed by an authorised Celebrant or a Commissioner for Declarations under the Statutory Declarations Act 1959, a Justice of the Peace, a Barrister, Solicitor, a legally qualified Medical Practitioner or a member of the Police Force. You can post or scan and email the signed NOIM to the chosen Celebrant, to arrive at least one month before the marriage ceremony date.
What if I was born overseas and the required documents are not in English?
The documents are required to be translated by an accredited translator with NAATI.
The translator will need to produce a statutory declaration proving their qualifications to read and speak the chosen language. This will be lodged with all other official documentation after the
What forms are signed on the Wedding day?
Three forms are signed on the day. The marriage participants and the two witnesses (both 18 years or over) and the Celebrant sign the Presentation Certificate, as well as the Celebrants
Marriage Register and the 2nd Marriage Certificate for your marriage registration at the Birth, Deaths and Marriages.
How does the Marriage become registered?
The Marriage Certificate– in the Celebrants Marriage Register and is kept by the Celebrant. A second marriage certificate and Declaration is sent to the Department Of Birth Deaths and Marriages by the Celebrant along with the NOIM and any other documentation required, within 14 days of the Wedding Ceremony.
What is a Marriage Celebrants Code of Practice?
A code of practice provides detailed information on the standards required by an Authorised Marriage Celebrant in Australia. Below is the current Code of Practice.
Marriage Regulations 2017 - Code of Practice for Marriage Celebrants
1 Application of this Code of Practice
This Code of Practice applies to marriage celebrants.
Note 1: A marriage celebrant is a person registered under Subdivision C of Division 1 of
Part IV of the Marriage Act 1961: see subsection 5(1) of that Act.
Note 2: Under paragraph 39I(1)(b) of that Act, if the Registrar of Marriage Celebrants is
satisfied that a marriage celebrant has not complied with an obligation under section 39G of
that Act, including this Code of Practice, the Registrar may take disciplinary measures
against the marriage celebrant.
2 High standard of service
A marriage celebrant must maintain a high standard of service in his or her
professional conduct and practice. This includes (without limitation) ensuring the following:
(a) appropriate personal presentation for marriage ceremonies;
(b) punctuality for marriage ceremonies;
(c) accuracy in the preparation of documents and in the conduct of marriage
3 Recognition of the significance of marriage
A marriage celebrant must recognise the social, cultural and legal significance of
marriage and the marriage ceremony in the Australian community, and the importance of
strong and respectful family relationships.
4 Compliance with the Act and other laws
A marriage celebrant must:
(a) comply with the requirements of the Marriage Act 1961 and the Marriage
Regulations 2017 which apply to the marriage celebrant; and
(b) observe the laws of the Commonwealth and of any State or Territory in
which the marriage celebrant solemnises marriages; and
(c) avoid unlawful discrimination in the provision of marriage celebrancy
5 General requirements for marriage ceremonies
A marriage celebrant must respect the importance of the marriage ceremony to
the parties and the other persons organising the ceremony. This includes (without limitation)
(a) giving the parties information and guidance to enable them to choose or
compose a marriage ceremony, including information to assist the parties to decide whether a
marriage ceremony rehearsal is needed or appropriate;
(b) respecting the privacy and confidentiality of the parties, including by:
(i) arranging for appropriate facilities to interview parties; and
(ii) dealing appropriately with personal documents and personal
(iii) maintaining appropriate facilities for the secure storage of records; and
(iv) ensuring the return of all personal documents belonging to the parties
as soon as practicable (unless it is necessary to keep the documents for the ceremony);
(c) giving the parties information about how to notify the Commonwealth
Attorney-General’s Department of any concerns or complaints they may have regarding the
marriage services provided by the marriage celebrant.
6 Knowledge and understanding of family relationships services
A marriage celebrant must:
(a) maintain an up-to-date knowledge about appropriate family relationships
services in the community; and
(b) inform the parties to the marriage about the range of information and
services available to them to enhance, and sustain them throughout, their relationship.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Devoted to Satisfaction
As a Celebrant, my aim is always to exceed expectations and make sure the vision for a special occasion is actualized in the final result. I have received many kind reviews and feedback and I am pleased to share them with you.
Everthing was amazing. There was not a dry eye in the house. The ceremony was beautifully worded and very special.
Sally December 2017
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for a wonderful wedding ceremony at our home. Your oration and choice of words were very touching to us both. Your excellent planning and commitment to the day made everthing go ultra smooth and the best day of our lives. A truly class act and big thankyou from the both of us.
Kevin & Janeth Watts August 2018
Debra is a compassionate, lovely lady that wants only the best for your family. She is so helpful and has a knowing of what you want for the day. Debra made our Mum's final day so special.
Denise June 2018
What a wonderful friendly easy-going lady. Debra was the celebrant we asked to hold the naming day for our baby girl. From our first contact right through to afterwards she was prompt, helpful, caring, genuine, and not only professional but added extra touches to make the day special and truly memorable. It was truly the best day! She made it so easy to be a part of and made me feel so relaxed even though Layla was a bit unsettled & hungry during the ceremony. Debra paused as we needed & nothing felt forced or awkward. Thank you so much Debra for helping us to welcome our baby girl into the world with your gorgeous words & loving demeanor. We have some precious memories to treasure for many years to come...
Nikki September 2018
We cant thank Deb enough for making our special day more memorable. From the moment we met her,she instantly brought us out of overwhelming stress and panic. She had personalized checklists,made constant communication and told us not to worry about countless things as she did them for us. She also kept on reminding us of the things we needed to do and always made herself available for meetings.Deb was with us every step of the way. Our wedding was perfect and flawless. She blended the Irish and Kenyan culture so beautifully and made the ceremony amazing. Not only is Deb ridiculously organised , she is caring, genuine and a beautiful soul. Her presence before and during the wedding made all the difference.we would highly recommend her for your special day. Next time we see you Deb will be for the naming of the baby. Thank you so much
Michael & Jemutai xxx October 2018
Highly recommend Debra for any special occasion! When first contacted her, I received all the information I needed and straight away felt that our special day would be in great hands. Debra created and delivered a beautiful Naming Ceremony for our daughter. She supported us in adding our own personal touches and recommended ideas when i was unable to find what i needed. Thank you so much again for all your time and effort - it is greatly appreciated and will be remembered always with the beautiful keepsakes we have. Xx January 2019
Debra recently officiated our wedding ceremony, and I would like to give her the most glowing recommendation possible. Debra was absolutely amazing at every stage. She actually stepped in as our original celebrant was sick and unable to officiate, and so at relatively short notice, Debra was able to pull everything together so smoothly in a way that it felt like she'd been part of the process the whole time. My husband and I both felt like we were in such good hands and Debra is lovely, personable, friendly, approachable and explained every step of the process to us so we never felt lost or confused along the way. We are so stoked Debra could be part of our special day and she gave us an amazing ceremony we will never forget.
Thanks heaps Debra! - Holden & Raphael April 2019
Debra was so professional and easy to deal with. She came over and explained everything and made it all really simple for us, was very supportive and reassuring in what can be a stressful life event! She was very warm and generous and did a wonderful job on the day to make it all pull together beautifully for us. I would highly recommend Debra for her professional approach and kindness and empathy. She had a great sense of humour as well which helped to lighten things! Thankyou so much for sharing our wedding day with us and we wish you all the best. - Luci & Regan Sept 2020
Debra was an amazing Celebrant. She was so easy to communicate with and thought of all the extra little touches that we didn't think about. She made the day go so smoothly and the ceremony was a perfect fit for us! We would highly recommend Debra as a marriage celebrant! Amy & Craig Sept 2020
Upon a chance meeting in the Swan Valley, we are so grateful we've picked Debra Chittleborough to be our Marriage Celebrant. She is a kind, thoughtful, friendly and a true professional. What I really loved about Debra's work is that she spent the extra time and effort to make our ceremony unique and personal to us. The injection of our stories in between the 'official stuff' and the personal blessing at the end was simply perfect. We were glad she was there to guide us every step of the way, I would highly recommend Debra to all my friends and family who are seeking to tie the knot. Thanks Debra! Linda & Jarrad Sept 2020
Thank you again so much for the most magical and most amazing day of my life & my families I couldn’t have asked for a better celebrant & I would like to say friend.
I couldn’t have done it without you! Well we wouldn’t of said I do without you
Love you so much Deb
Lisa & Angelo Demarte December 2021
Mal and I cannot express our gratitude enough for your wonderful support and exceptional presentation at our wedding ceremony. It was perfect.
We appreciate you taking charge at those crucial moments and guiding us through those important cues xxx
I loved how you spoke during our ceremony...its a powerful quality you possess x
And a big thanks for arranging our family and friends to sign our ceremony booklet - what a touching inclusion xx
Mal & Michelle February 2022
Thank you so much for everything!!! You did an amazing job! We couldn't be happier with how our day turned out. We appreciate everything you did for us! T&P April 2022